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Adventures of Superman #547:

A teenage Atom and Electric Superman -- my, were those different times. This was near the beginning of the Blueperman saga, yeah? I should pull this one out. I bet it would be a fun one to revisit (with Kesel and Immonen, it can't be a complete loss). I keep telling myself one day I'll revisit that entire era. One day ...

(Davey -- I enjoy the seemingly random issues that pop up there. Always good for bringing back memories or driving me to give an issue a look.)

Omike, I'm glad your open minded enough to give that era a second look. I wish more people were like you. \(yes\)

To this day, I'll never understand why nearly everyone hated Energy Superman. All the writers wanted to do was shake up the status quo and give Superman whole new problems to deal with. Almost every letter in the letter columns was nearly the same complaint; I can't believe you changed Superman's powers and costume! This isn't Superman! I'm not reading Superman anymore until you change him back!

The powers and costume do "not" make him Superman, it's who he is, his personality, his morals, THAT is what makes him Superman. He can dress up like Captain America or wear a suit of armor like Iron Man and Clark Kent will ALWAYS be Superman. It's who he is at the core, it's "not" his powers and costume that make him who he is.

Case in point, look at Christopher Reeve. He had no super powers and even after his terrible accident he kept inspiring others that they could be Men/Women of Steel too. No super powers required.

Energy Superman's powers changed, his look changed but he was still the Superman I know and love. True, some of the stories during that period weren't up to par, but they weren't all that bad. Some were actually entertaining. I only wish the fan base had been more forgiving and supportive because DC had planned to have the change last longer than it did. I wish this era, and Energy Superman, had been allowed to be explored more. There was so much potential there that was wasted because almost everyone wanted the old Superman back.

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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